Happy, Healthy Bugs Means Healthy Waters: continued strides to restore America’s waters

The following may be a wee bit granular for some of my readers, but hear me out, because this is a big deal in the context of improving national water quality.  According to EPA, nearly 50 percent of the Nation’s water bodies, i.e., lakes, streams, rivers, still imagesCANFKOHWdo not meet water quality standards due to impairments from pollution.  One of the biggest offenders is excess nutrients as I’ve touched upon previously here (think harmful algal blooms).  Thus, EPA has been applying significant pressure on the States to adopt numeric nutrient criteria (as opposed to qualitative criteria), which in theory should make it easier and more effective to regulate nutrient pollution.  This has been a highly contentious issue, even going back to my time at EPA, as reflected in the recent Florida litigation. Continue reading

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The GOP’s Environmental Challenge

Can one be a social conservative or member of the GOP and be an environmentalist?  Although I’ve long argued what I believe to be the fundamental distinction between being an environmentalist and a conservationist – and perhaps that’s arguing the number of angelic beings dancing on the head of a pin – the obvious answer to the above question is a resounding yes.  To me, it’s a rather silly question, but it’s one with legs.  As with other social and cultural issues, the GOP’s environmental positioning has long been on the losing side of public sentiment, rhetoric and imagery. Continue reading